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Ghana to host prestigious fencing events in 2025

This is a significant development for Ghanaian fencing, offering a unique opportunity to showcase the sport on home soil and develop domestic talent

Ghanaian fencing is set for a major boost after the Ghana Fencing Association (GFA) secured the rights to host a series of high-profile Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (FIE) events in 2025.

In an exclusive interview with asaaseradio.com, president of the Ghana Fencing Association (GFA), Mohammed Mahadi, confirmed Ghana is one of 25 countries chosen to host the FIE Grand Prix, World Championship, World Cup and satellite events for both junior and senior fencers.

This is a significant development for Ghanaian fencing, offering a unique opportunity to showcase the sport on home soil and develop domestic talent.

“The good news is Ghana fencing has been selected as one of the 25 countries in the world to host the FIE Grand Prix, World Championships, World Cup and satellite events for both junior and senior,” said Mahadi.

“It is getting the elite from the junior side and then from the senior side to come and compete in our soil; not continental athletes but you have the global athletes also touching down in Ghana to come and compete.”

Hosting these tournaments presents a strategic advantage for Ghana. Not only will it put the country on the international fencing map, but it will also provide a platform for Ghanaian fencers to compete against the world’s best.

“It will also give us the opportunity to feature more of our athletes in these championships,” explained Mahadi. “It’s not always about travelling to Europe and America to compete over there; it’s about getting them also to come down here and to struggle for the point.”

While specific dates haven’t been confirmed yet, Mahadi anticipates the events will be held in mid-2025. Opting to wait until after Ghana’s general elections allows for greater stability and a smoother execution of the tournaments.

“At the moment, we have to finish the official work but it’s going to be mid-2025,” said Mahadi. “We would have been given the chance to start even this year; that’s towards the next season but we are almost into the election year so it is better we hold everything until after the general election so that at least you know that there is a lot of stability and a lot of progress.”

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